90(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2009
($46) Ruby-red. Black and blue fruits on the nose, with notes of cherry pit and licorice lending a serious mien. Weighty but energetic, offering youthfully bitter blackberry and blackcurrant flavors and a note of bitter chocolate. The finish is spicy, sweet and extremely long but a bit undifferentiated, which is probably just a function of this promising, deeply concentrated wine's youth. Give it a few years in the cellar.
93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...
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Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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